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by mint - 48 Hour Compo Entry

You play as the person behind the scenes of a game of breakout, trying to bounce back the balls to the player's paddle.They can follow a single ball pretty easy but they don't have a very good time following a lot of them!

Hit keys to knock the ball(s) back at the paddle.
You lose if all balls get past the blocks, you win if 3 balls pass the paddle!

A game by mint - @mintchipleaf
(Uses Splat game engine from

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alvarop says ...
Apr 29, 2014 @ 9:22pm

Looks like a cool concept but I don't really know what I had to do. I won by randomly pressing keys... which is not good. Care to explain?

michelfontes says ...
May 2, 2014 @ 2:14am

That's when I find out that I can't type without looking at the keyboard! Very frustrating ('caue I suck at it). For those who master typing, it's a great and fun challenge. I tried several times, though.

mjrevel says ...
May 2, 2014 @ 3:01am

Enjoyed the game! Made me question how well I really knew the keyboard layout.

Loneshark says ...
May 2, 2014 @ 3:44am

This would be cool as a 2-player game =)

Fox_in_sox says ...
May 2, 2014 @ 6:36am

Great idea, but a really really hard game! Seems like I don't know my keybord that good afrerall.:)

GamerTaters says ...
May 2, 2014 @ 6:45am

Interesting twist on an old classic. Tough game.

petey123567 says ...
May 2, 2014 @ 6:48am

Great idea! Just needs some bleeps and bloops to really shine!

byExclusive says ...
May 2, 2014 @ 7:40am

Great idea!

607 says ...
May 2, 2014 @ 9:12am

Nice concept. When I tried my best to win by just playing I could not succeed though, while by mashing random keys I did. I don't think that's a good thing. It's also too bad that there isn't any sounds or music (at least for me)

Ithildin says ...
May 2, 2014 @ 9:49am

Great idea! It's a pity that, depending on your keyboard layout, the game can become a bit confusing and hard to play.

whilefun says ...
May 2, 2014 @ 12:36pm

Neat concept, but I found it super hard to play, and a bit confusing to understand what I was supposed to do.

fakeyou says ...
May 2, 2014 @ 1:54pm

Nice idea but I think it's very difficult with multiple balls

v3games says ...
May 2, 2014 @ 4:04pm

Very nice entry!

May 2, 2014 @ 4:21pm

Not sure I see the connection to the theme of the jam, but it is an interesting and new game idea.

May 2, 2014 @ 4:56pm

Love the concept. This is one great game you made here!

xdegtyarev says ...
May 2, 2014 @ 6:33pm

I like the idea. Great! Reminds me keyboard solo or similar trainer from the childhood.

tenpn says ...
May 2, 2014 @ 9:27pm

Nice idea, although a bit short. The '/' key is a shortcut for type-ahead-find in firefox and so this block was unavailable to me.

zdonkeyx says ...
May 2, 2014 @ 10:53pm

This game was challenging. I had a rough time trying to beat it but I thought it was pretty interesting. Apparently I suck at typing.

Raiyumi says ...
May 16, 2014 @ 7:12am

Really nice concept and super tough! I just wish there was more polish and sounds. :)

namuol says ...
May 19, 2014 @ 8:49am

Cool take on the action-typing genre!

It's a bit too difficult at first; I'd definitely start by only keeping one ball on the screen for a while, and slow things down a bit; then, gradually speed things up and eventually introduce an extra ball every so often.

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